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Dimple will not contest next elections: Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh’s declaration came in Raipur during an exercise to increase the Samajwadi Party’s footprints in Chhattisgarh.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2017 23:54 IST
Ritesh Mishra
Ritesh Mishra
Hindustan Times, Raipur
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Former UP Chief Minister and the Samajwadi Party oresident Akhilesh Yadav was in Raipur on Sunday as part of an exercise to expand the party in Chhattisgarh. (HT PHOTO)

Samajwadi Party president and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Singh Yadav said on Sunday that his wife Dimple Yadav, currently Member of Parliament(MP) from Kannauj, will not contest the next election.

At the Raipur airport, responding to a query from reporters on nepotism in political parties, Akhilesh said that “Agar humara parivarwaad hai to hum tay karte h ki agle chunav me humari patni chunav nahi ladengi, aapka(BJP) bhi pariwarwad hoga, bjp ki apne pariwarwaad ki bhi baat karni chahiye”.” (If there is dynastic politics, then I decide that my wife will not fight election for the next time. Now, BJP should tell about their dynastic politics)

The SP chief said that he had come to Raipur to expand his party. “I came to Raipur thrice and will now keep coming here. People of Chhattisgarh want to join my party and we will make attempts to expand our party in this state,” he said.

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Attacking the BJP, he said that it is indulging in politics of cow. “Jo digital India kee baat karte hain ..uss digital india pe gaay aur gobar ki charcha ho rahee hai..” (“They talk of digital India, but the discourse is about cow and cow dung”), he added.

When asked about his friendship with Congress vice –president Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh said, “We still have good relations but it is difficult to say anything about the election of 2019.”

He also said that employment generation has been affected by the GST and small traders are now suffering due to the policies of the government.

“We have started metro train in Lucknow and Noida and if given a chance, we will start metro in the constituency of prime minister,” he claimed while answering a question on the achievement of the erstwhile Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh.

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 22:35 IST